Monday, January 28, 2013
Boy Scouts of America is discussing whether to end its ban on gay scouts and leaders. Local groups could decide their own policy.
The Boy Scouts of America is "actively considering" ending its decades-long ban on gay scouts and leaders, according to NBC News. The new policy would elminate the ban from the national organization's rules and would allow local groups to decide their own policies. “The chartered organizations that oversee and deliver scouting would accept membership and select leaders consistent with their organization’s mission, principles or religious beliefs,” Deron Smith, a spokesman for the Boy Scouts’ national organization, told NBC. Discussion of a change in policy is "nearings its final stages," according to NBC. Do you support the end of the Boy Scouts of America's ban of gay scouts and leaders? Tell us in the comments.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
While no addition documents or details have been released, once-secret files show two Plainfield cases among employees and volunteers accused of sexual abuse.
Two Plainfield cases — one from 1993 and a second from 2000 — are among the once-secret Boy Scouts of America “perversion files” ordered released the Oregon Supreme Court. A total of 1,200 files were released last week, including nearly 300 cases involving Scout troops in Illinois dating back to the 1960s. READ: Inside the ‘Perversion Files of the Illinois Boy Scouts Some files were created to document the arrests and convictions of Scout volunteers. In other cases, the Scouts simply expelled the alleged sexual predators, but did not report the accusations to authorities. As a result, criminal charges were never filed in numerous cases. The files, which include information on Scout leaders and volunteers banned by the organization, contain…
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Scouts were stripped naked and rubbed with ice cubes, forced to have oral sex with their troop leaders and molested on camping trips. These and other sex crimes are detailed in files the Boy Scouts of America kept secret for decades.
What do an elementary schoolteacher, a voodoo cultist, a shipping clerk and a prison guard have in common? Each has a "perversion file" kept by the Boy Scouts of America in secret records that detail decades of sex abuse allegations. Almost 300 cases involving men and Boy Scout troops throughout Illinois are among the 1,200 secret Boy Scout files released last week by order of the Oregon Supreme Court. In Illinois, the files date to the 1960s and extend through the ensuing five decades. The Boy Scouts of America used these records to prevent blackballed Scout leaders from returning to the organization with other troops. The files are filled with correspondence between the leadership of the Scouts and troop leaders, interviews with Scouts …
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Almost 300 Illinois records are included in the Boy Scouts of America's once-secret "perversion files." Search for your town or troop number.
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Patch's searchable database allows you to search by cities in Illinois. Information gathered by the Los Angeles Times shows the leaders of the Boy Scouts of America who were expelled between 1947 and 2005 on suspicions or confirmation of sexual abuse. If a troop is listed, a case file exists. At this time, not all case files are available online. As new documents become available, Patch will update this database.